I graduated from college with an Associate Degree in Data Processing and Computer Programming in May 1982. That February, a long-haired computer nerd only a few years older than me made the cover of Time Magazine. That computer nerd was of course, Steve Jobs.
February 1982 changed my life because it was all of a sudden pretty cool to be a computer nerd. Jobs made personal computing acceptable to mainstream America. Jobs also made my love for computing acceptable to my family and friends, after all Time Magazine wouldn’t waste their ink on a passing fad.
Over the years I have delivered many lectures about the life of Mr. Jobs, his exploits and antics, his triumphs and his failures. I used these lectures to inspire my students to lash onto their own personal greatness.
You, too can do it.
As I learned of his death last evening, I put together a list of the five most important things I learned from Jobs:
- There is a future in computing.
- It’s OK to be a nerd. Nerd’s are people, too.
- Regular people can rise to greatness.
- You never know the impact your life will have on others.
- Be insanely great.
What impact has Steve Jobs had on your life?